Today, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 8cx chipset, designed for devices running Windows. The prefix "cx" in the title is an abbreviation of "compute extreme": it indicates an exceptional computing power. The manufacturer claims that laptops based on this solution will be able to work for several days without reloading.
The chipset is built on the ARM architecture, which is used in smartphones and is characterized by low power consumption. At the same time, it exceeds the power of many processors, which are usually used in ultrabooks (for example, Intel Core I5-6300U) and does not require cumbersome active cooling with coolers. Therefore, devices based on it should be not only autonomous, but also silent.
The chip includes an Adreno 680 graphics accelerator, which supports up to two HDR 4K screens and processes 4K HDR video at 120 frames per second. The wireless interfaces are Wi-Fi and LTE-modem with download speeds of up to 2 Gbps (up to 316 Mbps for return) and Bluetooth 5.0. In addition, the chipset has received a coprocessor for processing voice commands and an artificial intelligence unit, to which software developers can access.
Qualcomm is sure that not only users will appreciate the capabilities of the chip, but also the business, since Snapdragon 8cx is the ideal solution for working PCs. SoC has been certified as Windows 10 Enterprise, so it can run the business version of the operating system. The first devices based on the new chipset should appear in 2019.